Boston was certainly an eerie place last Friday. I had gone to bed early the night before, missing all the news about the pursuit of the bombers, and was catching up early Friday morning when the news flashed across my phone that the T was shut down. I texted the Horn Book staff to wait until the trains came back before venturing into work (a moo point–thank you Joey–for most of us) and when it became apparent that that wasn’t going to happen anytime soon, we closed for the day. Poor Betty Carter–she was flying in from Dallas to bring a group of Simmons students into the office for a tour, and she was mid-air when the city decided to shut down. Richard was stuck at the gym; Brownie and I watched the news, whose signal-to noise ratio was even worse than it had been the day of the attacks. But everyone is fine (and Betty at least got to have a lobster roll at the airport before heading back home).
I’ve been getting emails from people wondering if our Fostering Lifelong Learners conference is still happening this Thursday. Of course it is; hasn’t the media been telling you over and over what a hardy city we are? And transportation is unimpeded: the Cambridge Public Library is a five-minute walk from Harvard Square, miles from the still-roped-off Copley Square. If you’re coming via train or inter-city bus, you can catch the Red Line subway from South Station right to Harvard Square. Locals, travel as usual; here’s the Library’s map of its location. See you soon!